LAHORE – Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed has replaced Azhar Ali as captain of Pakistan’s One-Day International (ODI) team, PCB sources said on Thursday.

“Azhar Ali informed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan that he is ready to step down as captain, after which the PCB appointed Sarfraz captain”, the sources added.

Ali, who had been under fire for his captaincy following Pakistan’s 4-1 defeat to Australia in the ODI series last month, said in a statement that he wants to maintain his focus on his batting.

Sarfraz is already the national team’s T20I captain and was also the vice-captain of the ODI team.

According to sources, Azhar Ali had met with PCB Chairman and informed him regarding his decision to resign as the ODI captain of Pakistan.